Indexed: What do Larry Craig and ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca’ Have in Common?

Here is the latest installment of Jessica Hagy’s “Indexed” series. (You can find her past Freakonomics posts here, and her website here.) This one is called “Milestones & Blips.” Personally, I think she will have a hard time ever surpassing the the bottom card in this series.

Milestones & Blips

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frankenduf

were they barefoot?

ils vont...

Poor Larry Craig, the man flies all the way to Minneapolis to get his rocks off and he gets busted, thats like...I dont know what thats like, its just bizarre maybe it was a setup, duh duh duh.

http://www.ilsvont.com

David R.

I like these, and the one about fair food on her website.

Jim M.

LMAO -- but is Ricky Martin a one hit wonder?

Larry

Off topic, but I'd love to get your reactions to Hanson's Cato piece on health care spending. It's http://www.cato-unbound.org/2007/09/10/robin-hanson/cut-medicine-in-half/

Linda Loomis

Speaking of the legal forms for a funeral, Bexar Metro Health (San Antonio, Texas) lost about 500 death certificates at the end of July. The unexplained mishap got a lot of local folks upset.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA073107.01B.missing_dead0.343ff9e.html

The families of those who died between April 24 and May 7 are being notified of the missing death records so that they can alert their financial institutions if necessary and protect against identity theft.

In the short term, those families could face delays in obtaining new death certificates — although most had already bought certificates through their funeral homes, officials said. Those documents remain valid.

Gives a new meaning to the phrase: Living El Muerto Loco

villageac

as I comedian said on the radio today (regarding weddings and funerals) you are "pronounced" in both (...man and wife;...dead - when else in life are you pronounced?) and at the end of both ceremonies you drive off in a fancy car. So you can add two more circles to the drawing.

RatChoicer

I laughed at this at first, then thought of using them for teaching, in particular set theory or Venn diagrams. The truth is, the sets aren't well defined. The st of "tearful ceremonies" and the set of "legal forms required" simply don't overlap on the level of standard language usage (and I'm not even getting into the ambiguity of the word "required" in this circumstance). Similarly, what does it mean to define a set wholly in terms of the words "toe tapping?" Is it the set of events that cause toe tapping (this invalidates the diagram, assuming an [it] after forget in the NE set)? In the end, this is cute, but definitely NOT useful in terms of rigorous thinking about sets.

frankenduf

were they barefoot?

ils vont...

Poor Larry Craig, the man flies all the way to Minneapolis to get his rocks off and he gets busted, thats like...I dont know what thats like, its just bizarre maybe it was a setup, duh duh duh.

http://www.ilsvont.com

David R.

I like these, and the one about fair food on her website.

Jim M.

LMAO -- but is Ricky Martin a one hit wonder?

Larry

Off topic, but I'd love to get your reactions to Hanson's Cato piece on health care spending. It's http://www.cato-unbound.org/2007/09/10/robin-hanson/cut-medicine-in-half/

Linda Loomis

Speaking of the legal forms for a funeral, Bexar Metro Health (San Antonio, Texas) lost about 500 death certificates at the end of July. The unexplained mishap got a lot of local folks upset.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA073107.01B.missing_dead0.343ff9e.html

The families of those who died between April 24 and May 7 are being notified of the missing death records so that they can alert their financial institutions if necessary and protect against identity theft.

In the short term, those families could face delays in obtaining new death certificates - although most had already bought certificates through their funeral homes, officials said. Those documents remain valid.

Gives a new meaning to the phrase: Living El Muerto Loco

villageac

as I comedian said on the radio today (regarding weddings and funerals) you are "pronounced" in both (...man and wife;...dead - when else in life are you pronounced?) and at the end of both ceremonies you drive off in a fancy car. So you can add two more circles to the drawing.

RatChoicer

I laughed at this at first, then thought of using them for teaching, in particular set theory or Venn diagrams. The truth is, the sets aren't well defined. The st of "tearful ceremonies" and the set of "legal forms required" simply don't overlap on the level of standard language usage (and I'm not even getting into the ambiguity of the word "required" in this circumstance). Similarly, what does it mean to define a set wholly in terms of the words "toe tapping?" Is it the set of events that cause toe tapping (this invalidates the diagram, assuming an [it] after forget in the NE set)? In the end, this is cute, but definitely NOT useful in terms of rigorous thinking about sets.